Storm Clouds above Cape Byron Lighthouse at Sunrise, Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

Storm Clouds above Cape Byron Lighthouse at Sunrise, Byron Bay, New South Wales (NSW), Australia

As a Russian saying goes “For a mad dog, seven miles is not a long detour”. I can consider myself as such “mad dog” because last weekend I went from Sydney to Byron Bay just to shoot sunrise at the Cape Byron lighthouse.

The Cape Byron lighthouse is located on the Cape Byron, Australia’s the most easterly point of the mainland, near Byron Bay town, in about 750km north from Sydney almost on a border with Queensland. The Cape Byron lighthouse was built in 1901 and for a century alerted passing ships to the dangers of the coast. In 1956 the light became Australia’s most powerful lighthouse. The Byron Bay Lighthouse has become an icon for Byron Bay and is a must for any visitor to Byron Bay.

The sunset was pretty flat – clouds were over the mainland and over the ocean but nothing above Byron Bay and the lighthouse. But the sunrise was quite nice. Storm clouds were right above the lighthouse and soft and warm diffused light pierced through holes in the clouds making everything extremely pleasing to the eye. Quite happy with the outcome (even if I have only one image from the session).

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Ilya Genkin is a Sydney, Australia photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, Australian outback and deserts, rainforests, lakes and rivers, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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